Definition of fairy ring
1 : a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point; also : a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms
2 : a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings
Origin and Etymology of fairy ring
from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies
First Known Use: 1870See Words from the same year
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